12.14.2006

cogito ergo sum

Descartes walks into a Starbucks and orders a coffee.

The barista asks him if he would like cream or sugar.

Descartes replies, 'I think not.' and disappears.

32 comments:

paul said...

perhaps the person who does not dream (in their sleep) is at risk of non-cogitation and will vanish themsleves?

sans auto said...

I told this joke in my racquetball class because I thought it was great... My class either didn't get it (which is unfortunate that they are that uncultured) or they didn't think it was funny (which just means that I'm a dork).

Dad M said...

I get it! I get it! Does that mean I am? Or, does it mean I am a dork, too?

sans auto said...

I thought I was just calling myself a dork and that would be funny, now I've called dad m a dork and I feel bad. I leave the humor to vertigo and I'll stick with retelling jokes so that nobody understands them.

Vertigo said...

I was just about to affirm Dad M's dork-dom.

We are a family that has, on more than one occassion, spent a significant chunk of an evening looking up cool new words in our dictionary. Our dictionary which has a name...Big Red.

With the number of teachers in our family, I don't think that there is any possible way that we could avoid being labelled dorks...

Dad M said...

Dear Car-less in Wherever You Are,
No need to feel bad about the possibility of referring to me as a dork. I assure you I have been called much worse to my face and I still smile about it. BTW vertigo, my son, "occassion" has only one "s".

sans auto said...

A family of TEACHERS? My apologies for everything I ever did in high school... and Jr. High... and elementary school. It's a thankless job that should be the most prestigious.

Vertigo, you need to tell your dad that when you get typing really fast, extra letters just sort of slip into words. Of course you know how to spell it, you just had a slip. My spelling is awful, but I can blame it on my incredible typing speed that leaves occassional misstakes.

Rachel Z said...

little baby sister must be uncultured because I have no clue what this joke is about. didn't even know it was a joke. I'll have to have one of the teachers in my family explain it to me step-by-step, over and over again until it all makes sense.

and the starbucks in my little town is just getting started. I'll give them a few weeks before ordering again, to give them time to figure out how to do it right.

Laurel-Anne said...

Hey! Leave Big Red out of this!

Although, Rach, maybe Descartes is in Big Red and you could figure out what the joke is about. Either that or Google "cogito ergo sum". I'm sure the dorkiness didn't run out before you came along - you should be able to figure it out.

Dad the Dork said...

Sans auto,
On behalf of THE PROFESSION, thank you for those kind words about teachers and I will also vicariously accept your humble apology. I must say though that it is not an entirely thankless profession. I teach in a school-to-work transition program for at-risk teens in an inner city school. About 5 years ago a 16 year old refugee from Somalia enrolled. Just after I had taken him through the orientation module and set him up with a work experience placement at the local KFC, he disappeared. This Friday (15th) he arrived at my classroom door to ask for my help. He had just arrived in the city the day before on a flight from Nairobi, Kenya. The story goes that when he disappeared 4 1/2 years ago his aunt had taken him to visit his parents in Somalia, whom he had not seen for quite some time. However, instead of taking him to see Mom & Dad, she placed him in an Islamic boarding school (with armed guards). The school was filled with young men in the country illegally who had at one time gone to North America and were, in the minds of family here, at risk of leaving the Muslim faith. He was beaten regularly and tried to escape. The war in Somalia reached the walls of the enclave a month or so ago when a bomb exploded nearby and blew a hole in the wall, he and some others fled to Kenya as fast as they could go. He really doesn't want to go back, speak to his aunt who sent him away or speak to the imam at the local mosque. He did say he was a changed man (now 20) and he thanked me very sincerely for my help.

Rachel Z said...

that's pretty cool papa! Can I share this story on my blog?

dad said...

as long as there aren't any radicals in town who might try to kidnap you and send you away to Africa

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